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Student Summers: Siestas or Stimulation?

Summertime and the livin' is easy. Well, maybe not anymore, with the pressures of life -- even for high school and college students -- here in the year 2012. I remember how I used to look forward to summers when I was in elementary, middle, and high school. My warm-weather enthusiasm was somewhat less in college, though, because I always attended summer sessions. In any event, now that it's summer (assuming that your not reading this in the fall, winter, or spring), and you're a student whose summer looms before you, you may have an important decision to make: What will I do with all this non-school time?

Will you be spending a lot of time with your DVR watching Grey's Anatomy and Breaking Bad? Or, will you be executing a plan -- any kind of plan -- to keep your brain from turning into, in the words of Professor Kingsfield, "a skull full of mush"? Three months is about 90 days. When you come to think about it, that's enough time to accomplish a lot, or a little, sometimes very little to nothing, if you're not focused and organized. So, I'll ask a question by paraphrasing Paul Simon: What's your plan, Stan?

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